Amal Clooney Quits Her Special Envoy Role Within the British Government

Amy Mackelden
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Amal Clooney is stepping down from her role as Special Envoy on Media Freedom to the British Foreign Secretary due to the government's decision to "break international law" should it need to override a Brexit agreement.

Clooney's appointment was announced in April 2019, with the renowned human rights lawyer joining a panel of experts to help create solutions to the dangers facing journalists around the world. However, Clooney has now quit the role in protest, following the British government's admission that they would break international law if they deemed it necessary to do so, should Brexit negotiations break down further, per the BBC.

In response to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's admission, Clooney sent her resignation to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and wrote (via the International Bar Association), "In these circumstances I have been dismayed to learn that the government intends to pass legislation—the Internal Market Bill—which would, by the government’s own admission, 'break international law' if enacted."

Clooney continued, "Although the government has suggested that the violation of international law would be 'specific and limited,' it is lamentable for the U.K. to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the Prime Minister less than a year ago."

She then revealed that, despite a discussion with Raab on the subject, she "received no assurance that any change of position is imminent," and as a result had "no alternative but to resign from my position."

"I am disappointed to have to do so," Clooney wrote. "However, very sadly, it has now become untenable for me, as Special Envoy, to urge other states to respect and enforce international obligations while the U.K. declares that it does not intend to do so itself." Furthermore, Clooney said, "it threatens to embolden autocratic regimes that violate international law with devastating consequences all over the world."

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